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Portuguese coach quits Ahly after one week
Portuguese Nelo Vingada has performed a spectacular u-turn by quitting top Egyptian club Al-Ahly one week after being named coach.
And there have been conflicting Cairo reports concerning the reason why the silver-haired 56-year-old turned his back on a two-year contract signed last Friday in the Egyptian capital.
Ahly said Vingada, a former coach of arch domestic rivals Zamalek, changed his mind because of "urgent family problems" while reports claimed he failed to get along with the club football committee.
“To take over I would have to be sharp all the time. The past few days were really tough for me and for my family as well and I don't think I can do my job competently under such circumstances,” Vingada told the Ahly website.
“I need to move to Portugal in the immediate future to stand by my family, and I hope I can terminate the agreement we reached without troubles. I apologise for my decision, but had no choice.”
Another Portuguese coach, Manuel Jose, quit Ahly last month to take over struggling 2010 African Nations Cup hosts Angola after achieving unrivalled success during two spells with the Cairo ‘Red Devils’.
A club that boasts 40 million supporters in the Middle East lifted 21 trophies under Jose, including four African Champions League titles.
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